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15th of October 2018

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Bitter rivals may unite to thwart Qld games bid

A SOUTHEAST Queensland bid for the 2032 Games would be facing a possible blockbuster joint bid for 2032 from South Korea and North Korea.

It would carry powerful international significance for the IOC to grant an Olympics to the two Koreas, while at the same time carry political and security risks which a SEQ bid, in a less volatile part of the world, would not.

A SEQ Council of Mayors spokesperson said on Thursday that the first-stage recommendations from a feasibility study into a 2032 Olympics bid were being prepared but were yet to be released.

The entire feasibility study will be completed by the end of the year.

The Gold Coast City Council is one of the SEQ councils which have not contributed financially to the feasibility study, which was to look into what venues and other infrastructure would be needed in an Olympics bid.

South Korea will sound out the North over a possible joint bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics and is also keen to advance the idea of a Northeast Asia bid to host football’s 2030 World Cup, South Korea’s Sports minister Do Jong-hwan said.

“The PyeongChang Winter Olympics showed the Olympic values very well,” he said.

“I hope peace in Northeast Asia can continue through sports.”

One factor in the favour of a SEQ bid, should it go ahead, would be that Asia would have the 2020 Olympics (Tokyo) and the 2022 Winter Olympics (Beijing) before a 2032 Summer Games would be awarded by the IOC, by 2025.

AOC president John Coates, also an IOC vice-president, has since 2005 made public his support of an SEQ bid as the most likely to succeed from Australia despite some occasional flaring of interest from Melbourne, such as one from the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce two years ago.

Coates reaffirmed his opinion when he was re-elected in May, 2017.

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